I love creative activities; customising terracotta pots, jam jars, wine bottles etc... I mostly do my DIY activities when I have a little time, such as on a rainy Sunday. This leads me to introduce you to a very nice DIY store, Brico Dancet in Geneva. You can find blank canvasses, tissue paper, masking tape, small wooden alphabet letters, and DIY books.... in short, a wide range of articles for your decorating activities. Every week they offer a 25% discount on a range of products, displayed on their web site.
Rue Dancet 17
Closed Monday mornings and at lunch time.
Recycled jam jars and wine bottles
11cm terracotta pots
Martec Blancol (transparent glue for DIY use)
Silk ribbons, lace, tulle...
Pébéo matt picture varnish spray
Flat Pébéo brushes for acrylic and decorative painting
Pébéo acrylic paint (matt colours for terracotta, wood, plaster and metal, dry to the touch in 30 minutes, completely dry and waterproof in 24 hours).
I used the following colours: antique blue no.27, ash brown no.70, white no.41, antique pink no.26, grey no.54, garnet red no.57, blueberry no.106.
DIY - decorating terracotta pots
There is nothing complicated about this small DIY task that should only take a few minutes, depending on the complexity of the decoration you chose, obviously.
I painted these small pots with acrylic paint; I used 2 layers of dark coloured paint to cover them properly. For lighter coloured paint, 3 layers are needed.
Once the paint is dry, I sprayed a thin layer of matt varnish to make sure to protect the paint. Then, I decorated my pots with bands of hessian on which I glued lace, tulle and jewellery. I left them to dry and, half an hour later, the job was done.
DIY - decorating recycled wine bottles & jam jars
First, you need to clean the bottles and jars and then sterilise them. Once dry, you can start decorating as you wish.
For mine, I cut bands of hessian to which I glued jewellery and lace. Once dry, I put glue on the back of the hessian and stuck it to the bottle or jam jar. I left it to dry and, half an hour later, the job was done. Easy wasn't it?
Tip: Do not hesitate to use ribbons of different patterns, widths and colours to make the objects attractive.